Emergency Dentistry

Emergency Dentistry
When you have dental pain or trauma resulting in a broken, loose, or knocked-out tooth, you need to take advantage of emergency dentistry. Dr. Beatrice Deca offers emergency appointments so that you can get relief from your pain and receive the immediate treatment required to save your tooth and protect your dental health. Please don’t hesitate to call her office, Deca Dentistry in Gresham, Oregon, to schedule a time to receive emergency dentistry.

Emergency Dentistry Q & A

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When should you call the dentist for an emergency?

It’s vital to call Dr. Deca when you’re in pain. Pain often occurs after an infection has spread, which means it has started to erode bones that support your teeth.

Dental trauma is also an emergency. Please call Dr. Deca if you or anyone in your family experiences any of the following:

  • Loose tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Object stuck in mouth
  • Bitten tongue or lips that are bleeding
  • Loose wire from braces
  • Jaw injury

What are common causes of dental pain?

Tooth pain is often quite severe, so Dr. Deca quickly takes steps to relieve your discomfort and treat the underlying problem. Dental pain often develops from:

Abscess:

An abscess occurs in response to an infection in your gums or teeth. You may see redness, swelling, or a lump in your gums. Abscesses can develop quickly, but the infection may have been building long before the pain and inflammation appear. Dr. Deca takes care of the infection, then treats the abscess with a root canal to protect your tooth from an internal infection.

Toothache:

Toothaches develop from many possible causes. Some of the most common include sensitive teeth due to worn enamel, cavities, a cracked or chipped tooth, and a loose or missing filling. Any condition that weakens the enamel and lets food or bacteria gain access to the nerves inside your teeth will result in a toothache.

Teeth grinding:

Pain in your upper teeth and jaw may be caused by grinding your teeth. Over time, teeth grinding damages your teeth and leads to temporomandibular joint disorder. If your pain is severe, you should get emergency treatment. It’s also important to schedule a regular checkup if you have mild, achy pain so you can get treatment and prevent future complications.

What should you do during a dental emergency?

Dr. Deca recommends taking these steps while you seek emergency dental care:

  • Knocked-out tooth: Keep the tooth moist and take it with you to the dentist
  • Cracked tooth: Rinse mouth with warm water; wrap tooth fragment in wet cloth and take it with you to the dentist
  • Toothache: Rinse with warm water; do not place aspirin on the tooth
  • Bitten tongue or lip: Apply cold compress to reduce swelling; seek immediate help if bleeding doesn’t stop
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